Dual Band X/Ka On-The-Move Antenna System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-07-C-P047
Agency Tracking Number: A062-127-0945
Amount: $5,244,440.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: A06-127
Solitcitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
THINKOM SOLUTIONS, INC.
3825 Del Amo Blvd., Suite 200, Torrance, CA, 90503
Duns: 806647330
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerry Frey
 Senior Program Manager
 (310) 802-4514
 JerryF@thin-kom.com
Business Contact
 William Milroy
Title: CTO
Phone: (310) 802-4502
Email: BillM@thin-kom.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed project will realize a low profile, circularly polarized, X/Ka-band antenna system designed for Communication On-The-Move applications. The preliminary X-Band antenna design was successfully accomplished in Phase I, with mating Ka-band antenna and common gimbal concepts included. A preliminary Ka-Band antenna design is planned for the Phase I Option. The complete detailed design of both X and Ka antennas will be produced under Phase II. During Phase II ThinKom will deliver a full size, X-band, flat plate, CTS antenna and a reduced size prototype Ka-band antenna (20 GHz Rx, 30 GHz Tx). The Ka-band antenna architecture is based on several subarrays, so performance of one subarray effectively validates the design. The X-band and Ka-band antennas produce orthogonal CP, with the sense selectable via manual flipping of the polarizer in front of the aperture. The antennas are designed to work together on a common azimuth pedestal evolved from an existing ThinKom gimbal design. A conceptual gimbal design will be provided during Phase II. The resulting antennas will have significant performance advantages over similarly sized dish antennas. The low profile, dual band antenna system will provide an inconspicuous appearance on ground vehicles.

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